Nerd Meltdown As Wil Wheaton Fights Crime Beside Batman

Geek icon Wil Wheaton has finally transcended his Wesley Crusher roots... by teaming up with Batman. Wheaton plays the silver-age Blue Beetle in this week's Brave and The Bold, and we couldn't be happier.

Fans of DC Comics' Blue Beetle have twice the reason to be excited about this week's episode of the Cartoon Network series; titled "Fall Of The Blue Beetle," the story centers around the origin of Jaime Reyes - and how that origin ties into the fate of Ted Kord (Wheaton), the previous superhero to call himself the Blue Beetle. For those of you who don't care about insect-themed heroes, perhaps the enticingly-named "dangerous Science Island" (complete with "legions of robots," according to the show's synopsis) will lure you in.

Batman: The Brave And The Bold airs Friday night at 8pm on Cartoon Network.

Batman: The Brave And The Bold [Cartoon Network]